Mount Lofty Carro Track is good training alternative to the popular, overcrowded Waterfall Gully walk.
Mount Lofty was named by Captain Matthew Flinders in 1802 and it is a loved destination with the locals. Close to Adelaide city, is a preferred place for training or just relaxing having a coffee at Mount Lofty Summit Café or admiring the panoramic views over Adelaide.
A visit to Cleland Wildlife Park offers an opportunity to interact with Australian wildlife.
Mount Lofty Carro track is a short loop track of 7.5 km which can be incorporated in your training routine. It takes 2 hours to complete and a total ascent of 325 m. At the end you can have a short stop to the Mount Lofty Summit cafe for a coffee with friends. I was impressed with the numbers of hikers and walkers which were at the cafe on the Friday morning.
Park your car at the Mount Lofty Summit 710 m altitude. We have started on a foggy morning.
From here take the popular Waterfall Gully Track. Passing Youth Hostel after 600 m turn left on Chainman’s Hut track. Follow the Chainman’s Hut track until the intersection with Carro Track. Turn left and start the climb towards Reynolds drive. From here, take the Nangara Track to return to Mount Lofty Summit.
Youth hostel is off Nangara Trail on the left. Initially was a shepherd’s hut which was damaged during Ash Wednesday Bushfires. It was rebuilt and it can be hired now for accommodation from YHA Australia.